Busting More Plantation Shutter Myths

Kasey Udy

Sunburst Shutters St. George has busted a few shutter myths previously. On our last myth-debunking binge, we exposed a few common misunderstandings people have regarding interior shutters in St. George.

Well, the Sunburst Shutters St. George pros are back to correct the record on a couple more myths we’ve heard from people in and around UT. Let’s get started.

Myth #1: “Plantation shutters are meant for Southern houses.”

When some people see the name “plantation shutters,” they typically conjure the image of a huge, elegant southern mansion surrounded by hills. Though it’s true that they are named for that particular place and time, plantation shutters were actually popular much earlier and much later than 19th Century Southern America.

St. George pink living room with shutters 
Plantation shutters almost definitely gained that name because they were in just about every house in the south back then. Because of their huge popularity there–with their ability to block a huge amount of light and heat, as well as offering great views for those sprawling houses–the name stuck.

However, plantation shutters offer those very same benefits to any style of home. Craftsman style houses can utilize shutters, just as Victorian homes, Prairie houses, and even beach houses can.

Myth #2: “My house‘s style won’t work with shutters.”

Because plantation shutters saw so much use over time, some homeowners may have gotten the impression that shutters might look somewhat stale. We’ve worked with a customer previously who claimed that their space was “too eclectic” for shutters, which was a big head-scratcher–since shutters are just about the only window treatment that can mesh with any style.

St. George man cave with shutters
 
Interior shutters are adaptable to any type of design, from chic parlor to cozy man cave. And don’t forget, there’s a reason shutters are still chosen all these years later: they just don’t go out of style. Put in a set of the newest and trendiest blinds and they’ll look passé in a year or two. Shutters stay beautifully in fashion for decades, especially when you get premium Polywood plantation shutters.
 

Myth #3: “Blinds and shutters are pretty much the same thing.”

For some reason, there’s some confusion over the difference between blinds and shutters. It might have to do with the confusion between “slats” and “louvers,” or it’s the similarity in shape that causes the confusion. Either way, shutters and blinds are pretty easy to distinguish when you look at their features. Here’s the basic breakdown of the battle of blinds vs. shutters.


What’s the difference?

Blinds

Shutters

Can they block out the entire window?

No

Yes

Structure

Dangles from cord

Solid frame attached to window frame

How long will they last?

Usually wear down or fall apart after 2-3 years.

Will easily last 20+ years.

Permanent or temporary?

Temporary

Permanent

Can they increase home value?

No

Yes

Energy Efficiency

Minimal

Can block up to 50% of heat from the sun.

Can they fit specialty windows?

Can only fit rectangular windows.

Can fit any specialty shape windows.

What are the horizontal parts called?

Slats

Louvers

Myth #4: “All window coverings are about the same in energy efficiency.”

Like the “Blinds vs. Shutters” table above mentions, window treatments can vary by a wide margin on how energy efficient they are. The structure, material, and construction can all play a huge part in how energy efficient a window treatment is.

On the lowest end of the spectrum you have no window treatment whatsoever. Offering only a tiny bit more energy efficiency are your common retail aluminum blinds. More energy efficient than those are drapes and sturdy fabric window coverings. Getting into somewhat noticeable territory are most wood shutters and cellular shades, made to offer UV protection and temperature reduction. But the real king of the hill in energy efficiency is Polywood plantation shutters, designed to both reflect and block heat from the sun from moving through your window.

No More Shutter Myths

If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of half truths regarding window treatments, we want to toss you a lifeline. Call Sunburst Shutters St. George today at 435-485-9332 to talk to one of our pros and set up a free in-home consultation to find your perfect shutter or window treatment today.